“A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain,” wrote Robert Frost. Yes, I’ve found many banks are happy to lend you money — if you don’t really need it.

All of us are getting a return on our summer weather investment: an extra month of summer this year. The maps look more like mid-August than mid-September. We shouldn’t be too shocked. Meteorological summer was the hottest since global records began in 1879. All the heat that’s been going into the oceans is starting to juice the atmosphere; the El Niño now brewing in the Pacific may be one of the strongest on record. Which is a long way of saying September will be considerably warmer than average across Minnesota.

After cooling off today, 70s return next week; GFS model data hint at more 80s about eight to 10 days from now.

Before that, all the models show a cool, sunny Saturday. Take a light jacket to the Gophers game.

After Thursday’s monsoon rains it’s a relief tracking a dry, comfortable weekend.